“This is a step-by-step guide on how to get to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto Using the Train/Metro.”
Who knew thousands of bamboos covering a pathway could be so atmospheric if not poetic? But this is exactly what Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto actually offers visitors.
While in Kyoto, don’t miss out the opportunity of visiting the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove! Even painters come here to capture its beauty.
Majestic Bamboo Grove, not to be missed while it Kyoto.
Something to Consider:
The best times of the day to see it would be during early morning and late afternoon when the light is soft and enhances the colors of the surrounding bamboo trees.
The Bamboo Grove with a medium-sized crowd around 10 am
Visiting Arashiyama Bamboo Grove consists of mainly walking the path surrounded by bamboo. It is actually a shorter walk than expected. But given the right lighting, the bamboo trees make a perfect backdrop for amazing photos.
A local painter at Kyoto’s famous Bamboo Grove
Here is a guide on how to get to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove using the train and JR Pass:
If you have a JR Pass (Japan Railways) or even if you don’t, one of the best ways to reach Arashiyama is by taking the metro.
1. Make your way to Kyoto Station.
The track sign for JR line from Kyoto to Arashiyama
2. Look for the JR Sagano Line. It is also called the JR Sanin Line.
3. Purchase your ticket if you don’t have a JR Pass, and then board the train the goes in the direction of Saga-Arashiyama Station.
If you do not have a JR Pass, you can easily buy a return ticket from the machine at the Kyoto Station.
The ride takes about 15 minutes as Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is actually on the outskirts of Kyoto.
The ride would cost about 240 yen, but if you can use your JR Pass, so you don’t have to pay extra.
The JR train line that connects Kyoto to Arashiyama
4. From Saga-Arashiyama Station, you need to walk about 10 minutes to reach the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
There are signs around the station to guide you.
Once you come out of the Arashiyama train station, it is easy to locate the signs that will point you to where the Bamboo Grove is.
Aside from the JR Lines, there are other private lines that you can use to reach Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.